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Pair plead not guilty in friend’s murder
November 22, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily

Bunn Vo

Edwin Lee

The two murder suspects in a botched San Mateo home invasion robbery that ended up getting their friend killed pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder charges and allegations that could eventually leave both facing life in prison without the possibility of parole or even the death penalty.

Bunn Vo, 22, of San Jose, and Edwin Lee, 23, of Daly City, are each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping to commit robbery and conspiracy. Prosecutors are still researching the possible addition of the special circumstance allegation that the murder happened during the commission of another felony which makes it capital, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

In another twist, although one of the home occupants fatally shot accomplice Bryant Ma, California law allows Vo and Lee to be charged with his murder because they were allegedly participating in a felonious crime that led to the 23-year-old’s death.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 4 on the 1500 block of Lodi Avenue, near South Norfolk Street east of Highway 101. Police say the three suspects entered the home where they confronted four others and gunfire erupted.

Prosecutors allege the suspects entered the home to rob the residents of drugs and money and demanded one victim to open his safe. Prosecutors say he instead got out a gun and opened fire on the suspects.

Two people were shot — Ma and the 24-year-old resident who shot him — and the suspects fled in a dark SUV. Ma was dead on arrival at Regional Medical Center of San Jose and Lee was treated for a non-life threatening shot. Hospital personnel alerted police who connected them to the San Mateo shooting. A dark blue SUV was located in the hospital parking lot.

On Thursday, both Vo and Lee pleaded not guilty to all charges but delayed setting a preliminary hearing until after defense attorneys can finish reading the reports. They return to court Dec. 16.

Both men remain in custody without bail.

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